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Christina Pugh, PhD




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Christina Pugh is a poet and critic.  She has published four books of poetry, in addition to numerous articles treating the lyric tradition in modern and contemporary poems, the role of graphics and sound in current Emily Dickinson studies, and the poetics of ekphrasis.  Her books of poems include Perception (Four Way Books, 2017), Grains of the Voice (Northwestern University Press, 2013), Restoration (Northwestern University Press, 2008), and Rotary (Word Press, 2004), in addition to the chapbook Gardening at Dusk (Wells College Press, 2002).   Pugh’s poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Yale Review, and other periodicals; they have also appeared in more than ten anthologies, including Poetry 180 (Random House, 2003).   Her articles have appeared in Twentieth Century Literature, The Emily Dickinson Journal, Literary Imagination, Poetry, The Cambridge Companion to Poetry since 1945, and other publications.

Pugh was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry for 2015-2016.  She has also been granted residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  She has received the Word Press First Book Prize (for Rotary), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from Poetry magazine, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an individual artist fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award, the Grolier Poetry Prize, and a fellowship from the UIC Institute for the Humanities.  Most recently, the Chicago Review of Books named her book Perception one of the eight best poetry books of 2017.

Pugh also holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University, where she was awarded a Whiting Foundation Fellowship for the Humanities.   She is Consulting Editor for Poetry magazine, where she has worked in an editorial capacity since 2004, and appears regularly on Poetry’s monthly magazine podcasts.   She has taught literature and creative writing at Harvard University, Northwestern University, Emerson College, and the College of Staten Island (CUNY).  At UIC, she teaches poetry workshops and literature courses on the graduate and undergraduate levels.  In 2012, she received UIC’s Graduate Mentoring Award, presented by the UIC Graduate College for outstanding mentoring of graduate students; and she was also the recipient of a 2013-2014 UIC Teaching Recognition Award.

Selected Publications